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intensity

[ in-ten-si-tee ]
/ ɪnˈtɛn sɪ ti /
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noun, plural in·ten·si·ties.
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Origin of intensity

First recorded in 1655–65; intense + -ity

OTHER WORDS FROM intensity

o·ver·in·ten·si·ty, nounsu·per·in·ten·si·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for intensity

intensity
/ (ɪnˈtɛnsɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties
the state or quality of being intense
extreme force, degree, or amount
physics
  1. a measure of field strength or of the energy transmitted by radiationSee radiant intensity, luminous intensity
  2. (of sound in a specified direction) the average rate of flow of sound energy, usually in watts, for one period through unit area at right angles to the specified directionSymbol: I
Also called: earthquake intensity geology a measure of the size of an earthquake based on observation of the effects of the shock at the earth's surface. Specified on the Mercalli scaleSee Mercalli scale, Richter scale
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